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IBM Helps Indian Firm Go Green

Big Blue is implementing energy-saving technologies for Religare Enterprise.
IBM said Tuesday that it has signed a $3.1 million deal to implement green technologies for Indian financial services company Religare Enterprises Limited.

Under the contract, IBM will design, build, and maintain energy-efficient data centers in Delhi, Noida, and Mumbai for REL. It will also deploy networking gear and disaster-recovery systems for the company. The setup, which combines high-density computing with precision air conditioning controls, will cut REL's energy costs by up to 35% by reducing annual power consumption by 3,600 kilowatt-hours, according to IBM.

"We have ambitious growth plans," said Religare chief operating officer Shachindra Nath, in a statement. "We are confident that our partnership with IBM will provide us with a distinct competitive edge in the market."

Nath added: "IBM's unmatched expertise to design and build a globally benchmarked, standardized, scalable and energy-efficient facility will certainly support our dynamic growth plans effectively."

IBM officials said there is increasing demand for systems that support green operations and help businesses reduce energy bills. "In these economically difficult times, companies across the board want solutions that can help them achieve greater operational efficiency and save costs," said Nipun Mehrotra, IBM's VP and general manager for Global Technology Services in India.

"IBM's consultative approach helped Religare with the process of design finalization and product selection, and ensured the final solution was miles ahead of those offered by other large competitors in India," Mehrotra said.

IBM to date has built more than 300,000 square feet of raised data center space in India. The company has more than 50,000 employees in the country.